Thursday, December 29, 2011

Analysis of the 2nd South Africa versus Sri Lanka Test Match

They say that 'pay back is a bitch' in life, and after the ex South African Captain Keplers Wessels stated that a South Africa A Team could beat Sri Lanka. It was seen in the mauling given to South Africa in this Test by the tourists.


Truly remarkable comeback by Sri Lanka after they did look very 2nd rate in the 1st Test, and it sets up a mouth watering deciding Test. Where South Africa will be stung by the inevitable criticism they receive for this loss and Sri Lanka will be buoyed by the Lazarus like comeback


Let us look at both Teams.


South Africa


The Team has been a tale of two


In regards to a bowling unit that is breathtakingly good, and then a batting line up that has been under performing since resuming Tests a few months ago.


Hence, as seen in the Australian series and here in this Test. If a team can put up an adequate total against the South African attack then they have a very good chance of winning the match.


The thing that stands out is the dip in form of Jacques Kallis and how it has impacted on the Team. In this game he got a pair, and in his last 4 Tests has only averaged 14.83. 


Him not being the rescue man for South Africa that was so apparent in the epic India series of this time last year and throughout his career has been made to stand out more by the inadequacies of the rest of the batting.


The biggest issue is at the top of the order where Jacques Rudolph always plays a pretty innings of 30 odd, and then throws away his wicket when he is set. It seems evident that he is not the answer at the top of the order, and South Africa would be better served in investing in youngsters like either Dean Elgar or Rilee Rossouw


The duo of A.B.DeVilliers and Graeme Smith threatened in this game, but failed to fully deliver in a manner that was so been needed. Then with the continued struggles of Ashwell Prince and Mark Boucher, who both must be near to feeling the axe.


It ultimately was the recipe for one of the most remarkable Test upsets in recent memory.


Heroes


Marchant De Lange


The big quick bowler who has recovered from a career threatening injury, and only got a call up with the injury to Vernon Philander for this match was exceptional.


Match figures of 126/8 shows how awesome he was, and it is evident that South Africa have yet another top notch fast bowler.


Villains


Jacques Kallis


Honestly, I don't know what was the more remarkable occurrence in this match


Sri Lanka winning the Test or Kallis getting a pair.


I am a betting man, and in truth both events would be reminiscent of trying to pick a broken nose


In regards to being impossible to pick!


My attempt at humour aside, the dual failures of Kallis was crucial in the eventual outcome of the match.


Sri Lanka


WOW!


For Sri Lanka to recover from their 1st Test mauling and comeback to win this match was one of the best performances of the year.


It showed the Team has some real heart, and was seen in the efforts of all the players.


The inclusion of Dinesh Chandimal in the keepers role was crucial to the Teams success with him contributing two half centuries at decisive times of the match.


Thilan Samaraweera was in truth the architect of the win with his resolute batting in the 1st innings that ensured Sri lanka posted a very respectable total. This scored on a tricky pitch, and against a bowling unit that would have turned his brown eyes blue with its combination of skill, pace and real threat.


Then the bowling unit that has been the butt of so many jokes on the World scene well and truly stuck it up the people who were poking fun at them


Lead by the match winning efforts of the wily left arm spinner Rangana Herath, who got remarkable match figures of 128/9.  He was ably supported by Chanaka Welegedara with his left arm bowling that combines swing and real bowling smarts. Then Dilhara Fernando, who is built like Tarzan, but usually bowls like Jane. In this game he had all the South African batsmen looking like cats hopping on a hot tin roof against his menacing pace and agreesion.


To cap off what must go down as one of their best victories in their Test history was Kumar Sangakkara getting a 2nd innings century. 


For Sri Lankan fans, who justifiably get so aggravated by the constant slights about Kumar being a flat track bully. 


The 108 he score in this Test will shut  those critics up for a good long while!


Heroes


In truth I could single out any number of Sri Lankan heroes from this Test match.


Though the tight celebratory huddle after the victory was realised showed that this was a victory facilitated by all the playing group and indeed the Coaching staff.


Duly all are heroes!



5 comments:

  1. Yo ! I love you Tim Holt and especailly the Lions around in SA!!!
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  2. I can't really say much more, except that you hit the nail on the head again, Tim. Well played Sri Lanka. Very impressed by Chandimal on debut... Sad day for SA cricket, though...

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  3. Haha Dilharas comment:EPIC

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  4. Good answer forKepler wessels stupid comment.

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